From the e-commerce site Taobao.com to the social media app WeChat, China has drawn global attention to its digital platform economy. A third of the top-200 digital platforms were born in China…

Rong Chen, Simeon Djankov |

E-commerce is often perceived as a phenomenon of high-income countries, but the industry’s rapid growth in China demonstrates that the transition from physical to digital commerce does not…

Xubei Luo |

This is the second in this year's series of posts by PhD students on the job market. Each evening the sun sets more than 90 minutes later in west India than in the east of the country. This…

Development Impact Guest Blogger |

More than 150 people participated in the SotM Africa conference in 2017. (Courtesy of SotM Africa) There is a unique space where you can encounter everyone from developers of self-driving cars in…

Vivien Deparday, Jocelyn Michele West, Mira Lilian Gupta |

“African participants visit modern container port in Ningbo, China. Photo credit World Bank” This September I traveled to Beijing and Ningbo, China, to participate in the second Africa China World…

Girma Woldetsadik |

The Philippines’ economy has been booming since 2010, growing over 6% per year on average. The country is one of the top performers in the East Asia Pacific region, and its impressive economic…

Rong Qian |

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a development strategy proposed by China to improve cooperation on a trans-continental scale. The range of projects and activities that will be part of the…

Michele Ruta, Alen Mulabdic, Siobhan Murray, Nadia Rocha, François de Soyres |

Editor's Note:  The global water crisis is a crisis of too much, too polluted and too little. At the World Bank, our job is to find and implement solutions to tackle this crisis. In the “…

Joop Stoutjesdijk |

A major objective of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is to reduce the time and cost it takes to transport goods and people across BRI economies. Many of these countries face serious gaps in…

Maggie Xiaoyang Chen |

This page in: Français |  Español For a family, having a place to call home is everything. Housing tends to be a family’s most important asset – often, in fact, their only asset, especially for…

Sameh Wahba, Luis Triveno, Horacio Cristian Terraza, Sarah Elizabeth Antos |